Thomson, AEG merge tube operations for critical market mass

July 1, 1996
Thomson Tubes Electroniques will acquire AEG Elektronische Röhren as a wholly owned subsidiary.

Thomson Tubes Electroniques (Moirans/St. Egrève, France) will acquire AEG Elektronische Röhren (Ulm, Germany) as a wholly owned subsidiary. The AEG parent gains a 12.5% interest in the capital of Thomson Tubes. The resulting firm will have nearly 2500 employees and revenues of about $350 million, with export markets accounting for 60% of sales. With the world tube market shrinking, the AEG tube operation could not reach "a critical mass" to continue operating alone. The acquisition is in line with Thomson strategy over the last four years of gaining the electron-tube operations of ABB and Siemens in 1993 and embarking on a joint venture in China earlier this year. Products of the consolidated firm include plasma panels, cathode-ray tubes, and x-ray image-intensifier tubes.

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